Chuck D and Keith Shocklee on The Combat Jack Show [FULL DOWNLOAD] @CombatJackShow @MrChuckD

Chuck D and Keith Shocklee on the Combat Jack Show

Every true soulhead has to hear this! The Combat Jack Show (arguably the best hip hop podcast around) brought the legendary Chuck D in the studio today. The Public Enemy speaks with the wisdom we’ve come to expect from him, as he still stands as a prolific voice of reason in this day and age.
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LISTEN NOW! Nicki Minaj- No Flex Zone Remix [FULL DOWNLOAD]

Listen Now! Nicki Minaj No Flex Zone Remix

Reminding every person that she is TRULY the reigning Female MC, Nicki just dropped the “No Flex Zone” remix. Taking the song popularized by Rae Stremmurd, she demonstrates that she has no patience for anybody’s foolishness. As always, we are grateful to Mike Will Made It for…well, for making the beat.

Download the whole track here!
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Snoop Dogg’s Latest Project – “That’s My Work Vol 4″ [FULL DOWNLOAD] @SnoopDogg

Snoop Dogg That's My Work

Uncle Snoop Dogg is a true perennial force in the genre. After his foray into K-Pop this spring with Psy and “Hangover”, he went back to work on the next installment in his That’s My Work series. The latest compilation includes features from the Eastsidaz. Download the full mixtape here!
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J. Hud Wants You to Know “It’s Your World” – ft. R. Kelly [FULL STREAM] @iamjhud @rkelly

J. Hud Wants You to Know It's Your World ft R Kelly

In a trip to a psychadelic soul era, Jennifer Hudson brings us this new track “It’s Your World”. The song feels like a day of R&B gone by, with the marimbas, electric bass, and dance-inspiring beat. Of course Hudson’s classically strong voice adds much flare and gusto to the number. And as an added bonus, R. Kelly comes in to the song almost 2/3rds in to it, with an uncharacteristically low guttural voice. Altogether, the two R&B heavy weights make a pleasurable, true soul track. This has got us very excited for the coming album!
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Abide in their “Divinity”- SZA ft. Jill Scott [FULL STREAM] @sza @missjillscott

Abide in Their Divinity - SZA ft Jill Scott

The First Lady of Top Dawg Entertainment has been making a ripple in the music industry alongside her label mates. Hailed as a renaissance force in soul music today, SZA definitely flips the idea of traditional R&B on its head with her haunting charms and melodic twists in her music. On “Divinity” she brings soul mistress, Jill Scott to join in on this sound up to their supernatural dominion. This song is a definite listen, bound to be on repeat.
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Bobby Brown is STRUGGLIN’! Quits Tour After Awful Show[FULL VIDEO]

Bobby Brown is STRUGGLIN'!

Fans worldwide rejoiced when they heard that all six members of New Edition were reuniting to embark on a tour this year, continuing their 30th anniversary celebration. However, recent news has broke that Bobby Brown has exited the remainder of the concert tour due to a “medical condition”. Brown was seen on stage seeming to have a hard time maintaining the choreography and had to exit the stage mid performance (watch the video below!)

While we are still excited that the remainder of the band will be proceed with the tour, we are wishing Bobby a speedy recovery.
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Goapele Calls Out the Fellas with “Hey Boy” @Goapele

Goapele Calls Out the Fellas with Hey Boy

California soul music is holding strong, in large part due to Goapele‘s magical voice. This reckoning force in the industry has released her latest single “Hey Boy”. A bit more up beat and laced with modernity, this single is a bit different from what we expect when we think of the “Closer” singer. But we love all of the subtlety seductive electric swirl of this song. Stream the track below!
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Rare Tapes of The Wailers Catch a Fire Album [RARE STREAM]

Rare Tapes of the Wailers

It is because of Bob Marley and The Wailers that reggae is a potent music form in the U.S. today. Their unmistakable sound has been stateside for almost fifty years when they first released The Wailing Wailers. Their popularity would continue to flourish and build to feverish heights with the release of the spirited Catch a FireThis stream provides you with the demo version of some of those songs from the album. While some of the songs sound pretty close to their edited version, this is undeniably a cool piece of musical history!
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In Memoriam : Minnie Ripperton 11/08/47 – 07/12/79 [FULL SONG STREAM]

In Memoriam : Minnie Ripperton

The soul songbird, Minnie Ripperton‘s sprightly voice has made many of us swoon and sway thousands of times over. Her impossible notes on “Loving You” might have solidified her as a star, but her voice already made her a soul dream come true. Today, we celebrate the life of this Chicago native, who’s light was snubbed far too soon by the effects of cancer.

Honoring her memory, we present this collection of songs of hers that you likely have never heard. Beginning with “Les Fleurs”, you can follow this link to all of the other tracks on on the Come to My Garden album. Celebrate this unsung legend with us!
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Mystic Blu – I AM [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @MysticBlu223

Mystic Blu - I AM

Real R&B is such a rare and special treat these days. Mystic Blu is a true artist of this day and age who represents a new guard R&B song. As her name suggests, she has a mystical quality about her music that seamlessly blends together soul, indie music, with a taste of hip hop. Her debut album, entitled I AM, is replete with beautiful sounds. You can stream the whole project here and if you dig it (as we know you will!) then support the artist with a purchase!
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Luke James Performs “Options” at SOBs [FULL VIDEO] @whoisLukeJames

Luke James Performs Options at SOBs

Luke James traveled to SOBs- the place where “legends are made”- to perform his latest single, “Options”.  He is using the summer to promote the upcoming release of his official solo album- the self-entitled Luke James- this September. Enjoy this video our Top Artist to Watch of 2014 and see exactly why we are captivated by him. The man puts on a show!

Full video below. Credits to VIBE for capturing it!
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Controversy Over New Jimi Hendrix Biopic @John_Ridley

Controversy Over New Jimi Hendrix Biopic

Controversy Over New Jimi Hendrix Biopic

After announcing the upcoming UK premiere of Jimi : All is By My Side biopic of Jimi Hendrix, it has come to light that there are distasteful and highly problematic scenes in the film that misrepresent the rock legend. Particularly, it is the relationship between Hendrix and his long-term girlfriend at the time, Kathy Etchingham.

For whatever reason, writer and director John C. Ridley decided to paint Hendrix and Etchingham as having had a tumultuous relationship that featured violence and abuse. Etchingham has denied this portrayal and is speaking out against this. In an astute point, going beyond her own personal defamation, Etchingham raises her discomfort with the use of domestic violence as a point of entertainment. We too question Ridley’s use of it and would much rather see an exploration of the musical genius of Hendrix.

It seems that the 12 Years A Slave writer is forever mired in controversy!  Though it is understood that the filmmakers exercised their First Amendment Rights, it still seems a bit defamatory to write abuse into someone’s life.  We just hope to see a more honest portrayal of the great Jimi Hendrix.

Future and Nicki Minaj are “Rockstars” [FULL DOWNLEAD + STREAM] @1future @nickiminaj

Future and Nicki Minaj are Rockstars

Capturing the spirit of the times, Future has released this new track with the current reigning female MC, Nicki Minaj. “Rockstar” is a track that features heavy bass and DJ scratching. It is declarative and audacious in character. And the savvy listener will notice the notes of  Luther Vandross’ “Superstar (Don’t You Remember)” . You can both listen to the track and stream it here!
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B.o.B. No Genre 2 [FULL DOWNLOAD] @BobATL

B.o.B. No Genre 2

As of late, B.o.B. has been charting very well in the hip-pop, Top 40 scene. However, this mixtape reminds us that above all, he is a musician. No Genre 2 is a compilation of soulmusic that shows all of the many influences that have made Bob who he is today. Beginning the tape with some obligatory rap influenced beats, he also includes some rock oriented tracks.  The mixtape has brought in artists such as T.I., Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. You can download the full mixtape below.
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Pre-Order Chuck Brown’s Final Album [ALBUM PREVIEW VIDEO] @pledgemusic

Pre-Order Chuck Brown's Final Album

Pre-Order Chuck Brown‘s Final Album
The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown has been departed from us for over two years now. And while his presence is sorely missed, his music still exists for our consumption and enjoyment. In 2011, the artist began producing and recording what would become his final album. The LP is soon to be released but can be pre-ordered with this link. Reconnect with Chuck Brown and be amazed by his many wonderful talents. Also, when you click the link, see a preview of the album.

Be One of “The Followers” – New Wale Song [FULL STREAM] @wale

Be One of The Followes - New Wale Song

Wale has just released a new track and it is beautifully done. “The Followers” invites listeners to join Wale on this sort of existential journey. The song is most likely a subtle all call to convince hiphopheads to be devoted Wale fans, but like a well written song, the lyrics are fairly universal and can be applied to many situations. The production is well crafted with understated drum snares, muted-underwater tones, and a splice in of a comical, yet motivational movement from Seinfeld. You can stream the full track below!
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Contribute Now! Miles Ahead a Miles Davis Biopic by Don Cheadle [FULL VIDEO] @IamDonCheadle @MilesAheadFilm

Miles Ahead a Miles Davis Biopic by Don Cheadle

This makes for pleasant news! Expressing his love for the legendary musician Miles Davis, Don Cheadle is making his directorial debut in the film Miles Ahead. This coming biopic about Miles Davis will feature Don Cheadle in the title role and Ewan McGregor as a supporting actor. Cheadle has also announced that both Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper are on board as consultants and composers for this extraordinary work. And if that is not enough, Cheadle hints at a long litany of potential collaborators, including Nas, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar.

In order to make this biopic a reality, Cheadle has turned to IndigeGoGo. Feel free to contribute to the campaign so we can watch this glorious art of “social music” come to life. Watch the full Campaign trailer below!
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Vivian Green Returns with “Get Right Back to My Baby” [FULL STREAM] @iamviviangreen @DrPostAlot

Vivian Green Returns with Get Right Back to My Baby

One of the most prominent voice of early 2000′s R&B comes exploding back on to the scene with this song meant for summer jamming. Vivian Green sings over a beat influenced by Frankie Beverly & Maze “Before I Let Go”, boldly declaring that she wants to be right back in the embrace of her lover. You can stream the full song below! And we would like to thank soulhead @DrPostAlot for the recommendation.
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@Usher – She Came To Give It To You ft. @NickiMinaj and @Pharrell

Solid new track from Usher featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams.  Get used to hearing this. Read more of this post

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